Each year, AFI Awards honors excellence in American film and television by recognizing the creative ensembles which collaborate to create the year's outstanding movies and television programs, all of which:
- Best advance the art of the moving image;
- Enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form;
- Inspire audiences and artists alike;
- And/or make a mark on American Society.
AFI will consider eligible any television program that fulfills the following criteria:
Narrative fiction format, originated either as a series, mini-series or feature.
Television program with significant creative and/or production elements from the United States. Program need not be presented in the English language if it is incontrovertibly American.
First-run programs originally released or transmitted to American audiences on network television, cable, pay-per-view, interactive cable or broadband between January 1 and December 31, 2016.